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The 10th Plenary Session of the Council of the Oromia Regional State elected Muktar Kedir as President of the Oromia Regional State. The two day session of the council was held at Adama Aba Gada Hall, 100 km South of Addis Ababa.

Muktar Kedir is serving as the Civil Service Cluster Coordinator with the rank of deputy Prime Minister and is currently serving as Chairman of the Oromo People’s Democratic Organization (OPDO). 

In his acceptance speech, Muktar spoke to members of the council that fixing lack of good governance, notorious within the region, will be his priority. “We will identify problems we encounter and take measures” Fanabc quoted him as saying.

Lemma Megersa, who had served as Security and Administration Head of the region, was appointed as Speaker the Council commonly known as Caffee Oromia. Currently, Lemma is serving as Trade and Market Development Bureue Head of the Oromia region.

In its two day deliberation, the council has approved the appointment of 139 district level lawyers. Thirteen of them are women.

This is the first meeting of the council since the death last month of the region’s president Alemayehu Atomsa, who was widely acclaimed for his efforts to root out the practice of corruption and nepotism, known to be the region’s landmark.

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